Over the past 15 years, certified cosmetologist Seema Kapoor has been particularly interested in techniques and products from India, such as Shahnaz Husain skincare. Though this is a specialty, the expertise of her staff is diverse. Below elegant chandeliers, stylists can craft a flattering haircut, highlight tresses, or nix unwanted hair with a specialty waxing or threading session. When not at the salon, Seema and friends host a live radio show where clients can call in and ask beauty questions such as "How long does a perm last?” and "How does my uncle keep pulling quarters from behind my ear?".
The year was 1999, and master barber Joe Grondin was nostalgic for a bygone institution. The barbershops of old were more than a place for a man to get his hair cut: they were a place to relax, share a conversation, and sneak a bite of the peppermint-flavored pole out front. But men's grooming establishments seemed to be a thing of the past—until Grondin founded his first Roosters in Lapeer, Michigan. The new-old trend caught on, and today, the throwback barbershops can be found coast-to-coast. Men can stop by for timeless services, from haircuts to full shaves to golf advice.
The staff at Top Hair-Nails has pampered its clientele for more than a decade. The salon's hair services include cuts, extensions, and color treatments, and its nail services include trimming and polishing—like a trophy maker whose clients shrink over time. The salon's CND Shellac polish remains chip-free for up to two weeks, and the staff may even add a luxurious flourish such as a hot-towel treatment. Dedicated to providing clean services, the staff uses hospital-grade sterilization and disinfectant.
The lighting is soft, but the touch is firm. That's the case during Vanity SpaSalon's signature treatment, a combination of massage modalities that includes hot-stone, Swedish, and shiatsu techniques, all administered in a private room where candles and small table lamps toss light across burgundy walls. The color scheme and relaxation spill over into the salon, where stylists begin each haircut with an upper-body massage that relieves shoulders of the strain of shrugging off bossy stoplights. Strands then nibble on the proteins and carbs that infuse Redken's men's products, or smell the fragrant notes of naturally derived blends from Carol's Daughter.
The hair extension and hair loss specialists at Hair Enigma are wholly dedicated to helping clients find a solution to their hair woes. They specialize in non-damaging extensions, which can be applied without glue or heat, and seamlessly blend into the natural hair. . Other, less-dramatic services include clip-in hair feathers and jewels, as well as clip-in highlights that add a splash of non-permanent color.